London: National boxing coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu is all praise for the country’s young pugilists who made their Olympic debut here, saying that their gritty performance has shown that Indian boxing has a bright future ahead of it.
“Akhil Kumar and Vijender Singh, performed well in their second Olympics (Beijing 2008). But now we have very young and talented boxers who are fearless and do not get overawed by
the rivals I think future of Indian boxing is very good,” Sandhu said referring to likes of L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg).
After Vijender’s bronze medal in Beijing, India’s male boxers came into these Games amid much hype but did not win a medal.
“As I had said earlier, I would have been happy if we had repeated Beijing here (in men’s section). But I am satisfied with the way the boxers performed. I think there is no shame in losing, if you have given your best” he said.
“This has been the best performance of our pugilists in the Olympics till date. Only thing was that they could not translate their performances into medals,” he added.
The coach asserted that performance of his boxers has been appreciated by their rivals.
“Five of the seven bouts involving Indian boxers were very close or you can say went to wire and we were unlucky. Majority of our rivals are now in medal rounds,” he said.
On his boxers, the coach said Devendro fought extremely well.